NYN Daily (5/18/16)


NYC, Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mostly cloudy downstate, clear and dry in Albany and Buffalo. New York City, high 67; Albany, high 68; Buffalo, high 62.


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New York City investigates youth shelter accused of fraud: The Department of Youth and Community Development is investigating allegations that Covenant House, the largest local provider of shelter to homeless teenagers and young adults, has been inflating the number of people it serves and has not been complying with the terms of its contracts with the city, the New York Times reports. Read more.


Senior advocates urge overhaul of underused rent freeze program: A coalition advocating for elderly New Yorkers issued a report yesterday calling on the de Blasio administration to overhaul an underused city program that provides rent relief for senior citizens, Politico reports. Read more.


New York’s housing crisis is bigger than gentrification: A report by the Community Service Society of New York out Tuesday says that the median household among the “near poor” is paying 49 percent of its income toward rent, City Limits writes. That’s because rents have risen in good and bad years while incomes haven’t yet recovered from the financial crash. Read more.


Men’s shelter coming to Dekalb Avenue in Bushwick, city says: A 100-bed shelter for homeless men with roots in the Brooklyn neighborhood will open on Dekalb Avenue this June, a plan that's been met with mostly open arms by residents along the block, DNAinfo reports. Read more.


Tenant advocates want rent increases tied to a vacancy stopped: With the Rent Guidelines Board considering another rent freeze for one-year leases, tenant groups are lobbying for the repeal of the vacancy allowance, which they call the “eviction bonus,” in the state’s rent law, The New York Times reports. Read more.  



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PEN Literary Gala honors J.K. Rowling and raises $1.75 million


New York’s literary community gathered Monday night at the 2016 PEN Literary Gala to honor novelist and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling; Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch, advocates who exposed the lead-poisoned water in Flint Lee-Anne Walters and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha; and jailed Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji for their contributions and sacrifice in defense of free expression.


Award-winning actor and producer Sarah Jessica Parker will present Rowling with the 2016 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award for Award for engendering a love of literature among children worldwide. Herself the frequent object of censorship in schools and libraries across the globe, as well as online targeting, Rowling has emerged as a vocal proponent of free expression and access to literature and ideas for children, as well as incarcerated people, the learning-disabled, and women and girls worldwide.


This was the largest PEN gala yet, raising over $1.75 million for the organization.


NY Bar Foundation awards more than $580,000 in charitable and educational grants


The New York Bar Association awarded 99 nonprofit programs that provide legal services to low-income people across New York more than $580,000 in grants this year. Those resources will help affect senior homelessness prevention, human trafficking, immigration, veterans’ programs, wage justice, re-entry and domestic violence. 


“Programs supporting children and teens include those focusing on children with disabilities, teen dating violence, child sexual abuse and exploitation, transitioning from foster care, broken adoptions, and youth courts,” said Lucia Whisenand, who chairs the organization’s grant committee. Read more.



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Director of Data Systems and Program Evaluation, University Settlement

University Settlement is seeking a Director of Data Systems and Program Evaluation who will oversee its client reporting data systems as well as provide leadership in designing program review and performance. The Director will work closely with staff responsible for designing and inputting information to data systems and will help to build capacity for ongoing evaluation and self-assessment. Read more.


Chief Operating Officer, Lantern Community Services

Lantern is seeking a Chief Operating Officer to report to the Executive Director. With oversight of operations including leasing and compliance, security and IT as well as providing key fiscal support and analysis, the COO will be a member of the Executive Team utilizing his/her management experience to anticipate operational needs, assist with key financial assessments and ensure Lantern is maximizing its funding opportunities and identify opportunities to create process or infrastructure efficiencies. Read more.


Education Specialist, SCO Family of Services

As part of an Education Team, the Education Specialist will be assigned a caseload of children and youth in foster care to support their education needs. Program goals include ensuring: Children remain in the same school when in their best interest; children experience seamless transitions between schools and school districts when school moves must occur; children with disabilities receive appropriate educational services (including District 75 placements, referrals to the Early Intervention Program (EI), etc…); and, children receive the academic support they need to succeed in school. Read more.


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* An agreement cut between the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations to bring affordable housing to Brooklyn Bridge Park is now dead after state officials raised concerns over possible conflicts related to ongoing investigations surrounding the mayor, the Post writes. Read more.


* City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito criticized the de Blasio administration for emulating the Bloomberg-era “budget dance” as the Council pushes for almost double the 35,000 youth summer job slots provided for in the budget, the Daily News writes. Read more.


* The MTA’s Access-A-Ride program stranded more than 31,000 disabled and elderly passengers last year, according to an audit from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer blaming agency’s “culture of indifference and neglect,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.






‘Hamilton’ boosts orphanage’s story, history: Graham Windham, which descended from the Orphan Asylum Society of the City of New York that Eliza Hamilton co-founded, has leveraged the musical’s success into an opportunity to benefit the families it serves and expand its fundraising reach, the NonProfit Times writes. Read more and watch our interview with the organization’s president and CEO, Jess Dannhauser.



Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON on October 6th & 7th at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz NY, this is an incomparable two-day retreat experience for Executive Directors, Financial Staff, Board Members, Fundraisers, Marketing and Development Staff alike.  Keynote Speakers includeVu Le, Nonprofit Humorist from nonprofitwithballs.com and Melanie Herman, Executive Director at the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Information Online Now.





Nonprofit OpCon is taking place June 9th at Baruch College.  This event will focus on streamlining operations and processes for New York’s nonprofit organizations.  We will have a full day of sessions with topics on technology, finance, risk assessment, hiring talent, output versus outcome, real estate and more.  Don’t miss this opportunity to join executive leadership from New York’s nonprofits.  Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are still available. For more details or to RSVP, please click here.


The Role of Business in K-12 Education: May 19th, Hunter College - City & State Reports presents a one-day, high-impact conference that will explore how businesses, foundations and nonprofits can have a tangible, positive effect on K-12 education. Stanley Litow of IBM; Dale Russakoff, author of “The Prize”; and Lisa Belzberg of PENCIL present. Early bird and nonprofit rates available. Register now.




SECTOR FOCUS: Religious Charities


Catholic Charities Community Services receives two grants: Catholic Charities Community Services recently received two grants, which represent a total of $718,050 in annual program support for a period of five years beginning July 1, from the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, according to a press release. Read more.


Catholic Charities hopes concert will boost Appeal results: With its annual pledge drive tracking a bit behind where it should be, Catholic Charities of Buffalo is hoping advance sale tickets for its first-ever fundraising concert will help it reach its $11 million goal before the end of its fiscal year, Buffalo Business First writes. Read more.






1 p.m. - Hochul and Co-Chair Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez convene Heroin and Opioid Abuse Task Force, Central New York Listening Session, Syracuse University, Maxwell School, Public Events Room, 220 Eggers Hall, Syracuse.


3:15 p.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña hold a press conference regarding mayoral control of city schools, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.



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